Today’s Deadly Destination is from Pamela Palmer‘s Quinn Lennox on Vamp City from A KISS OF BLOOD, Vamp City #2 (published on June 25, 2013 by Avon Books). Want to win a copy of the first book in the series? Enter via the widget below.
Pamela Palmer’s Quinn Lennox on Vamp City from A KISS OF BLOOD
What can I tell you about Vamp City? It’s the most fascinating, yet terrifying place that has ever existed. At least for a human. It’s a place that shouldn’t exist, a magical otherworld that, impossibly, sits directly on top of modern day Washington, D.C. Washington, V.C., they call it. It’s a world of perpetual twilight where vampires can live openly and safely, free from the deadly sunlight, free to hunt and feed on the humans brought in for their sustenance and pleasure. It’s a vampire utopia-turned-death trap, created it in 1870 by a diabolical sorcerer at the vampires’ request.
I’ve been to Vamp City more than once, now, and swore I’d never go back. Unfortunately, circumstances keep thwarting me. My stomach cramps at the thought of returning. The place is shocking, yet amazing, in so many ways—the crumbling ruins of the White House, half sunken in the swamp that’s reclaimed that part of D.C., the trees that grow twisted and dead, the time capsule of the Civil War Nation’s Capital left to rot for one hundred forty years, dotted with vampire castles and strongholds. All in the dark. Forever in the dark.
And the people…vampires and werewolves, and humans turned immortal from simply staying too long within the embrace of V.C.’s magic. Most within Vamp City live as they did in the nineteenth century, wearing period clothing, driving horses and carriages. But some have kept up with the changes and live at least part time in the real world. The vampire Arturo, my savior, betrayer, then savior again, has brought in aspects of the modern world—his yellow Jeep Wrangler, a generator for his home, and modern appliances for his kitchen. It’s the oddest mix of new and old, at times.
Some structures have been built since the creation of the doppelganger city—castles and strongholds for the vampire masters, an arena for the Games. Most vampires live within the strongholds of their kovenas, or covens, but some have taken over the residences duplicated at the time of V.C.’s creation, complete with furnishings, artwork, etc.
Vamp City is a dangerous place for a human. But I’d be lying if I denied a dark fascination with the place. It’s dying, did I mention that? The magic is disintegrating one errant sunbeam at a time. And the vampires now trapped within are going to die with it unless a sorcerer is found to renew the magic.
Or a sorceress.
Arturo tells me I’m that sorceress.
Maybe he’s right. Maybe I can save him, save them all.
I can’t decide if I should.
Pamela Palmer is the New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling author of the Vamp City and Feral Warriors series. When Pamela’s initial career goal of captaining starships failed to pan out, she turned to engineering, satisfying her desire for adventure with books and daydreams until finally succumbing to the need to create worlds of her own. Pamela lives and writes in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.
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A KISS OF BLOOD, Vamp City #2 by Pamela Palmer
Available on June 25, 2013 by Avon Books
Only one woman can save vamp city . . .
One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows never to return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world and free the vampires trapped within.
When the dangerous and all-too-seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at his hands. But with her beloved brother’s fate hanging in the balance, and her own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love . . .
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